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Intensely local, block-by-block Walker recall drive launching across Wisconsin

Eva Shiffrin is ready. "I'll have signs, petitions and T-shirts big enough to wear over your coat, all on my front porch on Nov. 15," she says, holding up a giant "Recall Walker" T-shirt in front of a group of about 50 neighbors Sunday at the James Reeb Unitarian Church near East High High. >More
 Cost for union teachers could be game changer for Madison Prep deal

A new analysis by the Madison school district shows that the budget submitted by the Urban League of Greater Madison for a pair of sex-segregated charter schools could potentially cost the district an additional $13 million over the schools' first five years. >More
 Remembering Dick Wheeler, dean of the Wisconsin Capitol press corps

I didn't know Dick Wheeler well, but I was as fond of him as people who did. The creator of The Wheeler Report, the single most authoritative source of state Capitol reporting, was the kind of guy people looked to first with respect, then with admiration, and finally with a smile on their face. >More
 Madison planning staff opposes State Street Block 100 project

City development staff have come out against the current proposal for the 100 block of State Street, opposing the demolition of two historic landmarks and saying the proposal does not fit in with the city's Downtown Plan. Steven Cover, the city's director of planning and community and economic development, wrote in Nov. 10 letter to the project's manager, George Austin: "Staff does not support the project in its current iteration. I strongly encourage you to reconsider your approach." >More
 Madison Common Council braces for 2012 budget showdown, possible veto from Soglin

Madison officials are bracing for the possibility that Mayor Paul Soglin could veto the city budget over two highly contentious spending items. "This is the first time that I've heard that word [veto] as an alder, but I've only been around for seven years," says Council President Lauren Cnare. >More
 Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board grant program draws scrutiny

A contentious nine-hour debate in the state Assembly over whether to give minorities preferential treatment for a Higher Educational Aids Board grant program appeared to have been a waste of time when the agency announced the next day it had not used race as a criterion for more than a year. >More
 Gov. Mahlon Mitchell?

Mahlon Mitchell, the firefighter and union leader, usually brings a bit of Wisconsin with him when he speaks at events around the country. He likes to begin each speech with a chant, one that's familiar to anyone who spent some time around the Capitol in the spring. He coaches crowds in places like Los Angeles or Portland, Ore., to answer "tell me what democracy looks like" with "this is what democracy looks like." >More
 Madison SOUP mixes business and pleasure

The phrase "Madison SOUP" might bring to mind something saucy based on cheese and beer, or, conversely, one of those extended common council meetings that drag on until 4 a.m. It is, however, our local branch of an international network of meal-based micro-granting initiatives. Uh, say again? >More
 Is Wisconsin Assembly ban on cameras and signs unconstitutional?

When Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild got arrested for using a camera in the Assembly chambers, he was wearing a sign taped to his shirt that spelled out his constitutional right to free speech and assembly, as well as his right to petition his government. Seventeen other protesters were arrested Nov. 1, and many of them wore similar signs. >More
 Pat Richter, Trek's John Burke ask Madison to support Edgewater redevelopment in sentimental video

Complete with quiet piano, swelling strings, a soft focus and UW football great Pat Richter, a heartstring-tugging video distributed Monday by the Hammes Company represents the latest attempt to push the issue of Tax Incremental Financing for the Edgewater redevelopment in the 2012 city budget, to be decided next week. >More
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